Monday, June 18, 2007

So it took Star Wars to get me to finally watch ROBOT CHICKEN ...

If you're a Star Wars geek, chances are you caught last night's Robot Chicken Star Wars special on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. I tuned in. Now, up 'til last night I had already seen this lil' Star Wars clip from the Robot Chicken show...

But last night was the first time, ever, that I tuned in specifically for Robot Chicken on TV. So I watched the Star Wars special (which was hilarious!) and then, decided that I see what "regular" Robot Chicken is like.

I haven't laughed this hard at television in... I don't know how long!

And I can't believe that I haven't watched Robot Chicken until now!

For a long time, I've thought that television had become stale, without anything "new" adding vibrancy and vitality to the medium. And then Lost comes along, and re-defines dramatic storytelling. And now here is Robot Chicken, which I think not only re-defines but firmly establishes humor for our generation. I will admit that there were a few things that I saw following the Star Wars special that were crude, maybe even a little sick...

...but it was entirely, absolutely, clever. And funny.

I don't know that much about Seth Green other than he was in one of the Austin Powers movies (I never watched any of those past the first few minutes of the original) and that he has a cameo in "Weird Al" Yankovic's "White and Nerdy" video. But based on just what little I saw last night, I do now believe that Seth Green is to this first decade of the 21st Century what Lorne Michaels was to the Seventies and Eighties: the defining mind of television comedy. I wound up watching all of the Robot Chicken segments up 'til the time they started repeating (Cartoon Network ran the Star Wars special at the head of each hour from 10 p.m. last night until about 6 this morning) and not once did I feel that my intelligence was insulted. Quite the contrary: I can't remember seeing something this smart (the sight of Santa Claus's sleigh pulling up next to three prostitutes and him bellowing "Ho Ho Ho"? Or Barney Rubble going on a killing spree for Fruity Pebbles? I could hardly stop laughing!).

If you missed it, StarWars.com has the entire Robot Chicken special up online for viewing. Highly recommended stuff here.

And as for Seth Green, if he ever reads this: you won yourself another faithful viewer for Robot Chicken last night :-)

2 comments:

qemuel said...

I actually road out to my friend Matthew's house to see the Star Wars Robot Chicken last night. Glad you enjoyed it!

Robot Chicken is very entertaining, and alongside the Venture Brothers is one of the few things I genuinely do miss about not having cable. Small sacrifices must be made, though...

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